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Blood Test Results

April 26th, 2017 at 06:44 am

The doctor did call and tell me that my ESR and CRP tests were both positive for massive inflammation, with a high sedimentation rate in the ESR, which is indicative of an autoimmune disease. The rate should be between 0 and 20. Mine is 45. My ANA is negative, which means I don't have lupus, thank goodness. That's the one that was positive on my daughter. My CRP is 29.2. Normal range is 0 to 7.9. My CMPA is normal. My thyroid is normal (it always is).

She thinks it is most likely to be rheumatoid arthritis, which is different in many ways from regular old osteoarthritis. Based on my symptoms that is the direction I was most heavily leaning myself. It definitely explains why sometimes I'm fine and sometimes I'm not. So now I need to make an appointment with the rheumatologist for me.

If it is not one thing it's another. Hopefully they can do something there to at least improve my quality of life. I know there is no cure.

Oh, and I am most definitely not allergic to peppers or tomatoes. She tested for that, too. It is good to know without a doubt. I am still wearing gloves when I cut them up.

6 Responses to “Blood Test Results”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    More information is helpful! So many autoimmune diseases these days. Have you considered eliminating meat and dairy from your diet to see how you feel? They are inflammatory foods. I know it's a hard choice, one I'm contemplating myself.

    I would look into alternative therapies for healing, too. I just think there is so much they can offer than mainstream medicine does not.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    My downstairs neighbor has RA. He tried to replace his meds with dietary changes such as fermented foods but has had to go back on them to some degree. Unfortunately they suppress his immune system so he gets sick (colds etc.) which never happened to him before. But it's better than the joint pain which is pretty debilitating.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    At least it's good to know what it is, so you can figure out how to deal with it. I have kidney disease, which also has no cure (other than transplant). But it's just good to know what is wrong, and what to expect.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    CCF--I tried going vegetarian once, the proper way, making sure I had complete proteins and ate fruits and vegetables. I was starving all the time, my skin got cystic acne, my hair started falling out, my nails got ridges, I felt tired all the time, I had constant heartburn, my blood sugar and cholesterol sky-rocketed, and I was not a fun person to be around because of my mood. Plus it made me gain a bunch of weight and my endometriosis (this was pre-hystorectomy), got worse. That was also the period of time when my tumors developed. I was miserable. I still can barely even look at beans or grains. I do avoid dairy a lot. I almost never drink milk and I rarely have cheese and when I do it is goat or sheep, not cow. Butter I do use, but not every day.

    Some meats are more inflammatory than others. I am eliminating shellfish and pork from my diet. I am adding more fin fish, chicken, turkey, and of course, rabbit. Beef is usually once a week, but not always.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Ceejay--I am making some dietary changes. I have to be careful with fermented foods. They often trigger a histamine reaction.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    CB--It is always good to have a diagnosis. It is good to know their is a root cause, something I can point to when other people are being annoyed when I have to cancel plans.

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